Refugees in Uganda

Refugee girl graduates on top of her skills class, a co-instructor now. 

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 Viko working at the Carpentry and Joinery workshop in Rhino refugee settlement in Arua district

22-year old Viko Gloria graduated in January 2017 from the Skills Training Centre Skills Training Center of Welthunger Hilfe. She is now a co-instructor for the Carpentry and Joinery class at the center in Rhino Settlement in Arua District, Northern Uganda.

“My performance was good and that is why I was retained to teach. I am already earning a salary and I also plan to make furniture such as beds and roofing material for sale to earn extra income during my free time”. With this additional savings income, Gloria will be able to take care of her parents and educate her younger siblings.

Gloria was among the youth attaining livelihood and labor market relevant quality skills to create jobs and improve their standards of living. Gloria was the only girl in her class. Moreover, the class that she teaches currently has no female student neither, nevertheless with her recent promotion she plays a role model amongst fellow young girls.

She is one of the few nationals from the host community at the center. The Ugandan Government programme ‘RE-HOPE’ focuses on integrating both refugees and host communities in its programme ensuring co-existence.

The European Union Trust Fund (EUTF) through Belgian Development Agency (BTC) promotes skills development as part of the Support Programme for Refugees Settlements and Host Communities in Northern Uganda (SPRS-NU). EUTF is supporting improved training programmes such the one Gloria graduated from. By working with national Ministry of Education and Sports BTC Uganda aims to ensure quality, standardization and certification of skills training for refugees and host communities.

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Youth: bridge between the past and future

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Happy faces of youth – Symbol of partnership; European Union and Government of Uganda
The two young women featured in the picture below are refugees from South Sudan to Uganda. As they are branded apparel to symbolize European Union partnership with Government of Uganda; the also symbolise bridging the gap of the past and future. This picture  was taken in Mungula 1 settlement, Adjumani District during the official launch of the European Union Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) Support Programme for Refugee Settlements and Host Communities in Northern Uganda(SPRS-NU).
Culture has the power to transform entire societies,strengthen local communities and forge a sense of identity and belonging for people of all ages. As vector for youth  development and civic engagement, culture plays an essential role inpromoting sustainable social and economic development for future generations. Youth can act
as a bridge between cultures and serve as key agents in promoting peace and intercultural understanding.
Current situation
Youth comprise 18% of the world’s population.Representing a significant segment of the
community, young people:
  • Can contribute to local development and prosperity.
  • Can be a bridge between cultures and between tradition and modernity.
  • Have the interest, energy and passion to address issues and concerns, such as heritage management, sustainable tourism, local development and community involvement.
  • Have affinity for information and communication technologies to network and transcend geographical boundaries.
  • Are in the position to act as potent agents of positive social change that will yield greater economic and social well-being in the perspective of sustainable development for generations to come.
Investing in local cultural resources including tangible and intangible heritage including traditional knowledge and skills, as well as music, dance, theatre and festivals, can develop sustainable creative economies, open up opportunities to youth, and help strengthen identity and social cohesion. Promoting creativity for and among youth and harnessing young people’s creative potential and energy therefore needs to be a priority in finding creative solutions to today’s challenges.
Whilst implementing its programmes, the European Union Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) Support Programme for Refugee Settlements and Host Communities in Northern Uganda(SPRS-NU) targets youth, women and girls highly due to the fact that they bridge the gap between the past and the future.

17-year-old mother of two dreams to become an accountant

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Keji attending classroom under the Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) ar Ariwa Primary School, Rhino refugee settlement, Arua District, Northern Uganda

“My name is Esther Keji Nelson. I am a 17-year old mother of two children. I came from South Sudan in 2016. After losing my parents in the war, I dropped out-of-school and got married at the age of 14”.

Esther walks to Ariwa Primary School, 7 kilometers from her home in Rhino refugee settlement in the Northern Uganda district of Arua. She leaves her 3-year-old and 9-months-old children under the care of an elderly friend in pursuit for a bright future. “I decided to enroll back in school because the man I got married to cannot take care of me. Therefore, I must find means of earning to take care of my children.”

Esther is one of the 56 girls out of the total of 74 pupils enrolled this year in level 3 of the Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) implemented by Save the Children. Save the Children aims to enable out-of-school children back to the education ladder through remedial education, as part of the Support Programme for Refugees Settlements and Host Communities in Northern Uganda (SPRS-NU) funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF).

Esther’s dream is to become an accountant one day. Through this she hopes to earn income, build a house and take care of her children. She advises fellow young girls to enroll back in school because with education their future is bright.